DETROIT (ots-PRNewswire) - The unmistakable seven-slotted grille,
the trademark trapezoidal wheel openings, radical approach and
departure angles, ample ground clearance. And -- of course --
Did DaimlerChrysler (NYSE: DCX) introduce a new Jeep(R)
sport-utility concept at the 2000 North American International Auto
Show? No. It's the Jeep Varsity, a go-anywhere, do-anything urban
"We once again challenged ourselves to invent a new vehicle
category," said Tom Gale, Executive Vice President - Product
Development and Design. "In doing so, we melded the versatility of a
five-door hatchback with a unique roofline and the Grand Cherokee's
"As sporty and powerful as it is, the Varsity is a true Jeep
vehicle. This concept is as adventurous as the people who drive Jeep
vehicles today -- whether in an urban environment or off-road."
The Jeep Varsity is powered by a 3.5-liter, 300 horsepower, 255
lb.-ft. V-6 engine coupled to a four-speed electronically controlled
automatic transmission and a shift-on-the-fly transfer case with
full-time four-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive
Custom independent front and rear suspension with coil-over-shock
set-up and massive 19-inch wheels with P235/55R tires provide the
ride and handling expected from a sports sedan. Estimated performance
figures include a sprint to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of
"Varsity speaks right to the heart of the serious driving
enthusiast," said Bill Chergosky, Product Designer at
DaimlerChrysler's Pacifica Advanced Product Design Center in
"We designed this vehicle with adventurous people in mind. With
its versatility, Varsity could very well be a family vehicle, but its
performance, capability and appearance push Varsity into a new arena.
It has this adventurous 'no strings attached' aura."
Added Chergosky: "With Grand Cherokee as its inspiration for
capability, Jeep Varsity was developed as a car that is perfectly
suited to environments where trucks are becoming ever more popular.
"Sport-utility-style command-of-the-road seating positions
combined with robust bumpers, substantial wheel flares and side sill,
a strong character line and high belt make Varsity a heavy-duty car."
Confidence-inspiring shapes continue in the wheels. A five-spoke
design executed with faceted aluminum billets, the wheels give
Varsity a sure-footed appearance.
Head and tail lamps have a precise, crafted appearance and
improved light output to enhance the vehicle's safety and security
while signaling the Jeep heritage through round bezels.
Creating a fresh, more vertical interpretation of the legendary
and trademarked Jeep "face," Varsity reflects design cues from both
Grand Cherokee and Wrangler.
Wrangler's influence is also noticeable in the concept's profile,
with the A-pillar continuing to the Grand Cherokee-style trapezoidal
Together with the vehicle's athletic stance, the rear design shows
off Varsity's tailored sporty personality. Impressive center-mounted
chrome double exhaust pipes, its round lamp treatment and the
oversized Jeep name on the decklid spell performance.
Chiseled lines in the bumper, decklid and lamp surrounds make for
a powerful design statement. Overall, this generates an all-new rear
"face" for a Jeep vehicle.
The interior mimics Varsity's exterior design with substantial
shapes, strong lines and a backbone-style center console running
through the vehicle.
The symmetrical instrument panel incorporates large round gauges
with tipped-out angular surfaces and yellow-green glowing backlights.
Executed in heavy-duty materials, the interior suggests a rugged
scuba-diving or mountaineering readiness.
Said Chergosky: "The instruments, dials and other details appear
to be more than just that. The doorhandle could be rock climbing
equipment and the vehicle compass and attitude sensor would fit
nicely in a survival kit. The two-wheel and four-wheel drive modes
are selected by a solid metal dial. Big green stitches adorn the
leather steering wheel and seats. Adding sophistication, the interior
is executed in warm celery- and olive-based colors with inviting
The center stack interlocks with the backbone console and
incorporates vertical design elements in harmony with Varsity's front
and rear exterior appearance. Black rubber inlays in the satin
aluminum surfaces and raised aluminum strips in the cargo area add to
the protective atmosphere in the interior.
Concluded Gale: "The Jeep Varsity urban adventure concept blurs
the line between boulevard and boulder performance."
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